French President Emmanuel Macron said he wasn’t pressuring Boris Johnson into allowing French boats access to UK waters as rumoured, but even at that, he’s not giving up on his demand for France share of the fish quotas.
President Macron, however, stated clearly that he does not want France to have its “cake and eat it” and he’s also not going to back down on getting his share of cake and wants a good Brexit trade deal for French fishing communities.
All through the Brexit negotiation, President Macron has insisted the European lead negotiator ensure European vessels maintain normal access to British waters after the end of the transition period on December 31, as he says, “I won’t give up my share of the cake”
Responding to a question whether President Macron wants to have his cake and eat it too, Mr Macron said, “I don’t know what information you are referring to but it depends on whether there is an agreement on the future relationship or not.
“This depends on the transitional measures adopted. Because on fisheries, we know the terms and I’m coherent. I don’t want the cake and eating it too, no, but I do want a fair agreement.”
President Macron said European boats must still be able to access UK seas with or without a post-Brexit trade deal.
Expantiating on his demand Macron said, “I’m not asking to have my cake and eat it, no. All I want is a cake that’s worth its weight. Because I won’t give up my share of it either. We have a principle: be united. And I stand by that.
“We have a negotiator, a firm strategy. That means we have had a list of what is acceptable and what is not since the very beginning on fishing, energy, rules of fair competition which defend the integrity of the common market.
“It’s normal that in negotiations where there are a lot of people involved there are rumours, noises, fire and counterfire. I respect all the parties involved and I hope we can agree to a deal that preserves the integrity of the EU, because Europeans haven’t chosen Brexit, and that respects our British friends.
“Geography is everything and we’re going to keep living side by side after Brexit, so also a deal that allows us to live with each other in the most harmonious way possible.”
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned businesses and the public to get ready for a no-trade deal Brexit agreement this Sunday, saying, “What I’ve said to our negotiators is that we’ve got to keep going, and we’ll go the extra mile, and we will.
“And I will go to Brussels, I will go to Paris, I will go to Berlin, I will go to wherever to try and get this home and get a deal. Now is the time for the public and businesses to get ready for January 1, because believe me there’s going to be changed either way.”